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family life, women

Posh Summer

The uber-posh Oglebay family is specific to Wheeling, W.Va. (and Cleveland, Ohio), but this story of how they spent their summers is oddly relatable and universal. (What a fun interview this one was. Sarita's journal is darling and I want one of those white dresses!!) Rich, poor or somewhere in the middle. Then or now.… Continue reading Posh Summer

food, recipes

Hot Cross Buns

So much tastier than store bought ones -- try it for yourself! There's still time to make something special for Good Friday and Easter. These pastries were easy to find when I lived near Chicago. In Appalachia, it's easier to make them myself. The link includes a recipe and a bit of cross-pastry history. :)… Continue reading Hot Cross Buns

food, recipes

C’est bon! Truffles a Valentine do

Delicious and vegan! But, I will use less cocoa powder for dusting the next time around. 🙂 A recent interview with a now-local pâtissier from France inspired me to try my hand at homemade truffles. This vegan version includes a bit of berry puree, which he said is commonly used for French Valentine treats. There… Continue reading C’est bon! Truffles a Valentine do